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When was slavery abolished in the United States of America?

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verusa | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 1, 2009 at 2:57 AM via web

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When was slavery abolished in the United States of America?

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elfgirl | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted May 6, 2009 at 3:37 PM (Answer #2)

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electro | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 6, 2009 at 3:37 PM (Answer #3)

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Congress imposes radical Reconstruction (1866-1873):

The central political problem was the status of Black people in the South. As a response to the Black Codes, the radical Republicans presented the Civil Rights Bill. Johnson vetoed the bill as usual because it gave citizenship to the freedmen at a time when 11 out of 36 states were unrepresented. The Democratic party (which proclaimed itself the party of the White Men, South & North) supported Johnson. However, the Republicans -radicals- overrode his veto and the Civil Rights Bill became a law. The radicals who took control of the Reconstruction Policy after 1866's elections, passed legislations and constitutional amendments over President Johnson's veto.

The Constitutional Amendments:

3 new amendments were adopted. The 13th Amendment, ratified in 1865, abolished slavery. The 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868, gave citizenship to Blacks and abolished the State law called Black Codes. It was mainly a federal law that guaranteed citizenship to all born in the U.S. and guaranteed their federal civil rights.

The 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, was based on the fact that the right to vote could not be denied because of race, color, or previous conditions of servitude(whether a former slave or prisoner). However, this wasn't the case. The South fell at 1st at the hands of White radicals who were trying to regulate the emancipated Blacks and grant them their legal rights. Although the new states government had ratified the 13th, 14th & 15th Amendments, those guaranties were only technicalities since segregation existed in public services & reactions by the conservatives in the South included the formation of sercet violent societies ,say, the KKK which wanted to protect White people's interests and advantages by terrorising Blacks and preventing them from making any advances or progress. === > it is only in the 20th century & at the end of the World war II when slavery ended, but segregation didn't till Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, Voting rights Bill in 1965, and the Equal Rights Movement. Even though such acts were adopted, most of them denied to give same rights to "colored" men and refused to treat women the way they treat men.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted May 6, 2009 at 3:37 PM (Answer #4)

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End of slavery in United States of America (USA) was the result of an extended movement of liberal minded people for nearly hundred years.

Opposition to slavery in USA began to develop during the American War of Independence in the period 1775-1783. After independence was won the laws in USA were passed that gradually tried to reduce slavery. For example, a law was passed bu US congress in 1808 prohibiting importation of slaves.

The movement for atotal abolition odf slavery became quite strong 1850's. But there was considerable difference of opinion amongst people of Northern and Southern States. This difference ultimately led to the American Civil War.

Immediately after the war Thirteenth Constitutional Amendment was passed in 1865 abolishing slavery in USA, and this bringing to end the practice of slavery in USA.

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electro | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 6, 2009 at 3:37 PM (Answer #5)

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True, the 13th Amendment called for the abolition of slavery, but the main question is, what was the situation of Blacks after the Civil War in the South? Many ex-Confederates were not willing to accept the grating of Civil Rights to Black people. Southern state Gov passed the restrictive Black Codes. They were racists laws that denied Blacks' rights. As a reaction, these codes outraged Northerners. In March, 1865, Congress established the Freedmen's Bureau to provide for the immediate  needs of Black former slaves. Then it passed a law to reinforce the Freedmen's bureau over President Johnson's veto.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM (Answer #6)

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It was not an instantaneous process. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation got the ball rolling. Then the 13th Amendment was passed, outlawing slavery. That was a big step forward, but it took time to get all of the slaves freed during Reconstruction.
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Yojana_Thapa | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted January 25, 2014 at 8:37 PM (Answer #7)

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The 13th amendment abolished slavery. This amendment was Dec 18, 1865.

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parama9000 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 30, 2014 at 2:19 PM (Answer #8)

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The 13th Amendment was established in Dec 18 1865.

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atyourservice | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted February 15, 2014 at 7:18 PM (Answer #9)

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Slavery was abolished on December 6, 1865, when the thirteenth amendment was adopted. I wouldn't say slavery stopped right after 1865 because some people could have kept using slaves under other guise,  and it was all hushed, but yeah it was abolished on 12/06/65, but it did not stop African American from suffering as they still were discriminated against and still seen as lower than animals.

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jess1999 | TA , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted June 16, 2014 at 1:04 AM (Answer #10)

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The 13th amendment was the amendment that abolished slavery. The amendment was passed by congress on January 31, 1865, and it was ratified on December 6, 1865. The 13th amendment stated that, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

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kevin0001 | TA , Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted July 16, 2014 at 5:04 AM (Answer #11)

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Slavery was abolished in December 18, 1865 when the 13th Amendment was made.

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taangerine | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted July 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM (Answer #12)

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The 13th amendment abolished slavery in the United States. It was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, then ratified on December 6, 1865.

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givingiswinning | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted July 31, 2014 at 8:58 AM (Answer #13)

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December 6, 1865

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